It’s common knowledge: Dublin is without a doubt the capital that attracts the great musical artists of the international scene! And it is within the Windmill Lane Recording Studios that this happens, one of the most emblematic recording studios of the country! It is here that an impressive list of stars have passed through… U2, Ed Sheeran, Kate Bush, the Chieftains, ACDC and even Lady Gaga have passed through its walls, to record their songs of the moment!
A real institution and considered as the pantheon of music in Ireland, the studio is not only still active… but it also offers guided tours to better understand this mythical place! A place to discover absolutely for the lovers of music, hip hop or rock’n roll! We give you an appointment in the Docks area in Dublin to live an exceptional musical experience!
Don’t let the austere look of Windmill Lane Recording Studios fool you. This massive, sleek building feels more like a bunker than a real recording studio.
Impossible to miss with its white facade and green moldings, the building almost evokes a barricaded Roman temple, with a tiny door in its center.
But the magic is inside. For the studio can boast of having hosted some of the greatest artists of all time! And the list is dizzying! Some of the greatest include David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Damien Rice, PJ Harvey, Van Morrison, Kodaline, Hozier, REM, The Scripts, Lady Gaga, Metallica, Rod Stewart, Depeche Mode, Christy Moore, Snow Patrol, U2, The Cranberries, Phil Lynott, Sinead O’Connor…and many more!
This great line-up of world-class artists would have recorded some of their greatest hits! And the studio alone would be considered as the “home” of U2, used to record emblematic songs of their career!
What to turn the studio into an institution almost sacred in the eyes of music lovers!
The studio has such an aura that it was recently decided to open its doors to visitors as well. Windmill Lane Recording Studios is now one of Dublin’s trendy tourist attractions, which will allow you to discover the musical heritage of the place, the artists who followed one another there, as well as some interesting anecdotes about the studio!
It’s an opportunity to look back on more than 40 years of musical history, to understand who are the artists who passed through there, and to learn the tricks of the trade on how to record a sound in a studio!
Add to that an unusual encounter with Cosmo, a strange ghost who is said to inhabit the premises, and you’ll have a visit that’s as exciting as it is amusing, fun and offbeat, with a touch of Irish humor!
Note that the visit ends with a store corner, where you will discover entire shelves dedicated to the musical history of the studio. On the program, merchandising and merchandising! All in the colors of the studio, but also of the big stars having recorded here. That the fans prepare themselves psychologically to spend! There is a lot of choice and items that will make you fall in love (t-shirts, posters, vinyls and much more!).
Please note that tickets can be booked online at the studio’s website: www.windmilllanerecording.com. Don’t hesitate to book in advance because the place is often a victim of its success, and can’t welcome everyone.
Another crucial information: Windmill Lane Recording Studios is installed in a historical and protected building… It is organized on 3 floors and does not have the facilities required to accommodate people with reduced mobility.